INTRO-TO-MISSIONS ARTICLES FROM THE TRAVELING TEAM
The three following segments of study are essentially elements of a whole introduction to missions study. Not as complete as the Perspectives course, but excellent nevertheless.
BECOMING A WORLD CHRISTIAN
BIBLICAL BASIS OF WORLD MISSION
HISTORICAL BASIS OF WORLD MISSION
MUST READING! The first of this series of articles is titled: Four Thousand Years of Missions History (Also titled: The Kingdom Strikes Back) by Ralph D. Winter. Find out how God has gotten the Good News to more and more people groups… in spite of the frequent failures of His people to understand His unchanging purpose of seeing every people group on earth blessed to be a blessing.
The following articles don’t neatly fit into any of the other Mission Resource Directory categories … but we wanted you to have access to them.
ABRAHAM: BLESSED TO BE A BLESSING
In the opening verse of Genesis 12 the Lord tells Abraham, “Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you. I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you.” Abraham went, and God blessed. But this isn’t the whole story. For that you need to read the rest of the sentence.
CHRISTIANITY TODAY’S ARCHIVES OF MISSIONS-RELATED ARTICLES
A mixture of both missions-related and evangelism-related articles. Some very good reading found here.
DO MISSIONARIES DESTROY CULTURES? by Don Richardson
James Michener’s austere Abner Hale, a missionary in the novel (and movie) Hawaii, has become the archetype of an odious bigot. In the book, Hale shouts hellfire sermons against the “vile abominations” of the pagan Hawaiians. He even forbids Hawaiian midwives to help a missionary mother at the birth of “a Christian baby.” As a result, the mother dies. Hale forbids Hawaiians to help his wife with housework lest his children learn the “heathen Hawaiian language;” his wife works herself into an early grave. And when Buddhist Chinese settle in the islands, Michener has Hale barging into their temples to smash their idols.
LOST MISSIONS by Robertson McQuilken
The official representative from Saddleback Church had just finished his powerful presentation of Rick Warren’s P.E.A.C.E. plan. Afterwards, I told him that I use The Purpose-Driven Church in a doctoral-level course, and also how much I appreciate Warren’s impact on the church. But when I mentioned the critical omission of missions in the book, this rep grinned in agreement. That’s why he and I welcomed the P.E.A.C.E. plan (CT, October 2005, p. 32), which outlines a holistic approach to the church’s responsibility to the world, conquering the “giants” of poverty, illness, and ignorance. The plan is marketed as a wholly new paradigm for doing missions. (Read more)